listening to linkin park will be a darker emotional experience now knowing chester’s lyrics healed everyone but him
â€” dead (@burymeindeath) July 21, 2017
1. Linkin Park sang the song of anger, anarchy and rebellion
One of the biggest appeals of the band was the way they defied convention. Their music appealed to the rebel that lives in every teenager and gave us a way to channel that anger.
There was nothing more satisfying than blaring Crawling after dramatically slamming the door and shutting out the world and its problems. Linkin Park validated our anger.
Crawling in my skin
These wounds they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real
2. They understood the feelings and angst we all go through at one time
Being a teenager is all about the feels. For most of us suffering from that teen angst, Linkin Park was a medium for venting negative emotion and finding comfort. Somewhere I Belong gave us hope that there was someone, somewhere, that understood what we were going through each day. Listening to and bonding over Linkin Park was like a mass sharing of pain – and catharsis thereafter.
I will never know myself until I do this on my own
And I will never feel anything else, until my wounds are healed
I will never be anything till I break away from me
I will break away, I’ll find myself today
3. Provided the depressed, misunderstood, and the loners with a channel of expression
Linkin Park explored the theme of alienation deeply. They also dealt with mental health issues. This isnâ€
Truth is you can stop and stare
Bled myself out and no one cares
Dug a trench out, laid down there
With a shovel up out of reach somewhere
â€” Xeroni Norbert Abbi (@Mr_IncREDible98) July 21, 2017
4. Dismantled toxic masculinity – and appealed to everyone
I’m strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I’ve never been perfect
But neither have you
Linkin Park’s music was & is so important. My goodness. They left everything of themselves in their music. It was glorious â¤
â€” Issa Champion. (@Just_Midzi) July 21, 2017
5. Bridged the gap between rap and rock
Linkin Park disregarded boundaries between rap and rock, with songs like Papercut and In The End. They may not have been the first to do so, but they did it well. Perhaps their most iconic merging of genres was their Numb/Encore mash-up with Jay Z. The song had a cross-pollinating effect among predominantly black rap fans and predominantly white rock fans. Their listenership was diverse.
It was magic. RIP Chester Bennington.